Josie Adams

Josie Adams is a staff writer at The Spinoff. Email her on josie@thespinoff.co.nz

Food
Aug 26, 2019

A romantic candlelit dinner with 23 naked strangers

Josie Adams went along to the Naked Dinner and found it stimulated all the wrong hormones.

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Ātea
Aug 21, 2019

Stand up and be counted: Sons of Zion on te reo Māori and refusing to be tied down

After a decade of making music, Sons of Zion are still refusing to settle into a genre. They sit down to talk about the joys of pop music and te reo Māori, and why a “reggae” band can do both.

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Business
Aug 21, 2019

Phillip Mills is NZ's greenest CEO. Why is he building a huge car park in downtown Auckland?

Les Mills Victoria Street has 12,000 members, and up to 700 visitors during its peak hours. But does it need a seven storey car park?

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Society
Aug 16, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #92: My new $400 Asus laptop

When Josie Adams broke her laptop she knew she’d never find love like that again. She reviews how its replacement stands up to everyday use, and the cosmic forces that seek to destroy her.

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Society
Aug 15, 2019

The dark side of horse racing

After the recent deaths of two horses following a Taumarunui jump race, sparks have once again flared between animal rights groups and the racing community.

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New World
Aug 8, 2019

It takes more than a month to save the planet

Plastic Free July is over, but Josie Adams is still fighting for the environment. After a month of minimising plastics, emissions and even recyclables, she reflects on what she’s learned.

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New World
Jul 30, 2019

Low waste living with my best friend, Miriama Kamo

For the month of July, Josie Adams is taking on the challenge of being low-waste. That means minimising plastics, emissions, and even recyclable. This is week three.

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Music
Jul 26, 2019

No pressure, just Leisure: how one NZ band cracked the formula for success

Since their first single release in 2015, Leisure has had over 75 million streams and a handful of sold-out international concerts. Jaden Parkes sat down to talk about the secret of success: leisure time.

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Music
Jul 20, 2019

The unremarkable Aldous Harding

Aldous Harding tells The Spinoff about live TV, maturity, and the weirder interpretations of her songs.

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New World
Jul 19, 2019

How to live low waste when you ooze waste from every pore

"It turns out being low waste is compromising my love life."

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Music
Jul 15, 2019

Local Natives’ Ryan Hahn on how Brian Eno influenced their new album

California five-piece Local Natives are halfway through a world tour. Guitarist and songwriter Ryan Hahn took time out to talk to The Spinoff about their experimental new album.

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Society
Jul 15, 2019

Red alert – Mercury is in retrograde! (and that matters why?)

It comes twice a year to pummel your aura into cosmic shards – Mercury’s in retrograde, baby! But what does that mean? 

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Food
Jul 14, 2019

Who is Pam? The truth about the people who put their names on your food

Edmonds, Hubbards, Pams — our shelves are full of people immortalised in baked goods and cereals. Josie Adams sets out to discover who they really were, and if they even existed at all.

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Society
Jul 11, 2019

Happy birthday to the Women’s Bookshop!

The Women’s Bookshop has been on Ponsonby Road longer than almost any other shop. This year, it turns 30. We talked to owner Carole Beu about the bookshop and its upcoming birthday party.

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New World
Jul 9, 2019

Low waste living is hard AF

It's Plastic Free July but Josie Adams is taking it a step further, attempting to be as low-waste as possible – minimising plastics, emissions and even recyclables.

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Society
Jul 8, 2019

The problem with Steve Hansen’s ‘not a gender thing’ comments

In defending the selection of Sevu Reece, All Black coach Steve Hansen has said he doesn't believe domestic violence in New Zealand is about gender, but a 'New Zealand problem'. He's half right.

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Television
Jul 7, 2019

Every crew member on Star Trek, ranked

For decades fans have argued over the best Star Trek captain. No longer. Today we present the definitive ranking of every main crewmember aboard a televised Federation starship (or space station).

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Food
Jul 7, 2019

A last meal at Mercury Plaza

It’s finally true: Mercury Plaza is closing its doors in just a few months’ time. Josie Adams and Tina Tiller went for a last meal at the iconic Karangahape Road food court.

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Ātea
Jul 2, 2019

Rei’s new album wears its purpose on its sleeve

Rei is an internationally successful, award-winning musician who can rap, sing, produce beats, and even tell a couple of jokes. He talked to The Spinoff about Ariana Grande, meditation, and writing music as self-encouragement.

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Society
Jul 2, 2019

Flu season is worrying hospital staff and you should be worried, too

Sources at Middlemore Hospital fear that two patients may have died after catching the flu when being admitted. 

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Gaming
Jun 29, 2019

Review: I hate that I enjoyed Harry Potter: Wizards Unite as much as I did

A new challenger has entered the augmented reality ring. Wizarding wonder Harry Potter is coming for Pokémon GO’s title — but despite the shared basics, they’re very different games.

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Food
Jun 28, 2019

Naz’s Ketonic Vodka taught me to love myself

Naz Khanjani is a social influencer, a professional boxer, a reality star, and now a vodka baron. “We’re drinking sexy back,” says her new product. Josie Adams tried to do just that.

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In My Backyard
Jun 24, 2019

Transforming Mt Albert: how trains will change everything

Mt Albert is on the verge of a transformation. Josie Adams gives a roadmap for how to change Auckland’s second-oldest suburb without ruining it in the process.

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Onehunga Arts Festival
Jun 21, 2019

The Onehunga Arts Festival is about to take over

Onehunga is throwing a nine-day celebration of the creativity that defines the suburb. Josie Adams reports on what you need to visit on every single day of the Onehunga Arts Festival.

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Tāwhiri
Jun 18, 2019

The vampires of Vellington are back – and you could be one

On the Wellington waterfront, over several dark and stormy nights, a documentary is being filmed - and they need extras. Josie Adams, who had blood to spare, spent the night at Second Unit’s new, undead theatre experience.

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Onehunga Arts Festival
Jun 18, 2019

Onehunga: the beating heart of everything that’s good about Auckland

Onehunga is one of the most eccentric suburbs in the supercity. Josie Adams got a tour of the beating heart of Auckland from its inventive locals.

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